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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jun 17, 2014 2:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Great News for the Mando Family and many thanks to you all

As many of you know, Mrs. Mando and I have been battling a health scare since April. We thought Mrs. had a mini-stroke back in April (turns out she didn't). During the battery of tests following, the radiologist noticed a mass on her left kidney. As this was secondary to a TIA or pulmonary embolism, we didn't pay it much mind. Once we figured out that no TIA had occurred, our Doc followed up on the mass. He couldn't characterize it with an ultrasound, so the next step was a targeted MRI - which also came back inconclusive. The acid test (Dead related now) was a contrast CAT scan. The news we didn't want to hear came back - probable renal carcinoma. A look at a previous MRI showed that it had only grown 2 mm in 6 years so the low growth rate was comforting.

Our options were surveillance, biopsy or removal. Cross options 1 and 2 off the list......

Last Thursday Mrs. Mando had a robotic laparoscopic partial nephrectomy. She did great, the mass is gone and the margins were clean. In this case the procedure was both diagnostic and curative. Turns out it was in fact a Stage 1A, Grade 2 papillary renal carcinoma confirmed by pathology. The Doc called today and the first thing he said was “I am calling to give you GREAT news.”

She was up and walking 16 hours after the surgery and we came home 46 hours post-op. The day after we got home she was picking sugar snap peas in the backyard. She looks like she was in the middle of a prison knife fight but she pretty much kicked ass. Other than a little trouble getting in and out of bed, she’s moving around well.

For some odd reason she insisted upon taking 1/3 the dose of painkillers. "I'd rather wait until the pain is a 7 or 8 and then let's go 4 hours between doses." Contrast that with my recent shoulder surgery: "Yep, I can feel it. Give me as much as I can take and come back as soon as you can....."

Men are wusses......period.

Many thanks to those of you who reached out via email or posted encouraging words here. After a miserable 8 weeks, we turned the corner on this one and I appreciate being able to vent my anxiety here. You guys and gals rock......

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Poster: GerryO Date: Jun 17, 2014 3:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great News for the Mando Family and many thanks to you all

It is wonderful to read this really great news. All the best to you and yours.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jun 18, 2014 2:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great News for the Mando Family and many thanks to you all

Great news indeed. Positive thoughts, healing vibes, and prayers for a full and speedy recovery for Mrs. Mando.

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Poster: BVD Date: Jun 18, 2014 10:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great News for the Mando Family and many thanks to you all

Good to hear everything turned out okay. You guys deserve a little vacation.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jun 18, 2014 3:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great News for the Mando Family and many thanks to you all

Glad you and yours have had good news . Good .

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Poster: dyneq Date: Jun 17, 2014 6:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great News for the Mando Family and many thanks to you all

So happy to hear about this positive outcome, mando!

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Jun 18, 2014 6:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great News for the Mando Family and many thanks to you all

Great news!!!!!!

She sounds like a trooper. great sign that she is able to be up and about so quickly!

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Jun 18, 2014 9:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great News for the Mando Family and many thanks to you all

That's terrific. And that old kidney was just a spare part anyway. I should know - in 2 days it'll be 50 years that I lost my left kidney due to a softball game accident. Here's to a long and healthy life for the both of you.

Btw, you might be off on the wuss part. Whenever I've had stuff that needed painkillers, my wife was first in line to scoop up the spares. :)

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Poster: Reade Date: Jun 17, 2014 4:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great News for the Mando Family and many thanks to you all

Wonderful news Rick.

'Course now I fear you'll be in a position to start giving more attention to your fake baseball team and start kicking all our asses again like last year.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 17, 2014 7:58pm
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Good to know...all the best to both of you.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 17, 2014 8:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great News for the Mando Family and many thanks to you all

Can you send me the 2/3 of the pills not being used?

Really pleased to hear the good news.

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Poster: craven714 Date: Jun 18, 2014 12:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great News for the Mando Family and many thanks to you all

beat me to it bd at the 2/3rds. dammit.

You know we all love you THIS MUCH Mando~
hold your arms both out wide horizontally. (YES< JUST DO IT!)
there ya go. thx 4 the update. peace


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Poster: Skobud Date: Jun 18, 2014 11:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great News for the Mando Family and many thanks to you all

That's fantastic news my friend. I can't imagine how difficult it was for you guys the past few months.

Wishing you and yours all the best.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jun 18, 2014 3:19am
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Fantastic news! Give her hugs from everyone here. You get some too for all you've been going through :-)

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Poster: wineland Date: Jun 18, 2014 8:13am
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So glad to hear the fantastic news!!!

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Poster: jgIynn1.2 Date: Jun 19, 2014 7:35am
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That is fantastic news!! Very glad to hear it!

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Poster: c-freedom Date: Jun 17, 2014 3:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great News for the Mando Family and many thanks to you all

Good to hear.
My first wife lost a three year battle to a malignant brain tumor 11 years ago.(I become very familiar with medical world real quick-sounds like you have too)
Glad your news is much better!
I have been re-married almost a year now, The verses below were made popular again in the 60's by the Byrds:
They are helpful in bad times and good.

Ecclesiastes 3:2-8
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.


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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jun 17, 2014 5:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great News for the Mando Family and many thanks to you all

Good to hear all is well.

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Poster: GerryO Date: Jun 18, 2014 9:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great News for the Mando Family and many thanks to you all

My sincerest condolences. Sounds all too much like GBM. My wife had surgery 3.5 years ago, and it just keeps on taking. Another 8-week MRI tomorrow, more blood tests next week and hopefully another chemotherapy infusion the following week.

Met my wife in 1970, a lot happened those 10 between years, and we got married in 1980. Four kids who may not yet fully realize that this thing is soon going to take their mother and at least three grandkids who will never really know her.

Everyone should have a treatment plan BEFORE it happens to them or someone close.

Jerry Kline fought it longer than most.

http://www.jerrykline.net/

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Poster: c-freedom Date: Jun 18, 2014 12:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Great News for the Mando Family and many thanks to you all

Very heavy Gerry O
That link brought me back.
My words fail me.
"Such a long long time to be gone
and a short time to be there"
Let me know if I can be of any help.
-Chris